Enduring Power of Attorney reforms considered by Attorneys-General

A meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) was held on 29 November 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.


All Australian states and territories were represented by their respective Ministers. The meeting was chaired by the Vickie Chapman MP, Attorney-General, South Australia.


In relation to Elder Abuse -Enduring Power of Attorney Law Reform, Attorneys-General:

  • Agreed to pursue a staged approach to enduring power of attorney reform for financial decisions, first focussing on law reforms to support the establishment of a mandatory national register of enduring power of attorney instruments, followed by further consideration of reforms to enhance safeguarding provisions and enhance access to justice arrangements
  • Agreed to consider a detailed proposal and implementation plan for a Commonwealth established and maintained register in stage 1 reforms at the first CAG of 2020.


Attorneys-General also received a progress report on Elder Abuse -National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians.


Participants noted the progress of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments in implementing measures to respond to elder abuse, in line with commitments outlined in the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians 2019-2023 and its accompanying Implementation Plan.


30 November 2019.